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Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-20

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Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-20

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw-> Franklin's Tower-> Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Let It Grow-> Althea, Easy To Love You, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> The Other One-> Drums -> NFA -> Black Peter -> Around & Around -> JB Goode E: Don't Ease

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue West High Auditorium
Location Anchorage, AK

Source Audience Recording: AKG 414 stereo mic
Lineage AKG 414 stereo mic -> Sony TC-158 deck
Taped by Eddie Claridge patching from Dan Healy
Transferred by


Recorded by Eddie Claridge at the soundboard patched from Dan Healy. AKG 414 stereo mic -> Sony TC-158 deck via John Gaetzi encoded by Matt Vernon


Reviewer: JimBeamA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2015
Subject: Hey Jerry play unbroken chain!
I think I had a copy of this recording on cassette from my earliest days of tape trading. I almost always prefer SBDs. However this recording is one of my favorites for the character and characters I find in it. Amongst the people calling out for their favorite songs or saying "Let Phil sing" the one that stood out for me was the one calling out "Hey Jerry play unbroken chain". Because I can hear that on this recording I assume this is the same source as my long lost cassette. It's also possible it was a mic near by picking up the same rowdy crowd. No matter, this is an awesome find. A very enjoyable show that I'll listen to forever.
Reviewer: Jimmy the Cop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2010
Subject: Excellent AUD Recording
This recording is EXCELLENT!! One of the best AUD's I've heard. Download this show and the 6-21 show from the same taper.

It might be thirty years after the fact but THANKS to the taper for posting this feed.

Best Wishes-Jimmy the Cop
Reviewer: sharkmanlpn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2010
Subject: WOW
5 Stars the Boy's at the top of thier game. Download for sure
Reviewer: msjaynes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2009
Subject: rare treat for Alaska
I was at this show, the West High Auditorium is a smallish place with a balcony, where I was. Besides being so happy to see them for the second time ever, all I can remember was how the music they produced was so tight and loud, it was almost too much to absorb in such a small venue. I felt so lucky to be there, as many of the fellow Alaskans I've run into who were there as well. After the show the sun was still up, slanting beneath a slight cloud cover.
Reviewer: treadway99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2008
Subject: Jack Straw
The Jack Straw just rips. Its my favorite version. The rest of the show is great too.
Reviewer: Supaslush - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2007
Subject: I don't know alaska
Like everyone else said, this is a great high-energy show with so many highlights. Estimated and Let It Grow off the top of my head. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the run.

Brent is pretty high in the mix, both keys and vocals, which is great, since he sometimes gets pretty much buried. His harmonies go south occasionally (especially noticable on Johnny B. Goode).
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2006
Subject: Hot in Alaska
The highlights for me include Let it Grow in the first set and the Other One, which is hot. The introduction is funny: the management telling the audience to "try not to smoke."
Reviewer: SpiderBaby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2006
Subject: Baked Alaska- Grateful Dead style
Ok, bad joke. But yeah, I really enjoyed this one. Some highlights for me was a tight and snappy "Franklin's Tower", a beautiful "Althea", some sweet playing all together on "The Other One", and a spacey yet funky(?) transition from Space into "Not Fade Away"- cool keyboard/wah effects on guitars- I think that's what that is. I'm sure Alaska was nice and cozy that night!
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2006
Subject: I don't know....
I swear, I might just like this show more than the equally excellent next night. there is nary a weak spot in this second set, the NFA is blistering, as is the JBG and Don't Ease. Estimated > Other One? you bet. Let it Grow in the middle of the first set?? Sound quality is fierce for a 1980 AUD! I'd give this one something between 4 and 4.5.
Reviewer: gotmyticket - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2005
Subject: Dead In The Wild
Been listening to this show to warm my bones on a cold day. Friend of the Devil,Alabama Getaway,Franklins' and Not Fade Away some of the best but this whole show had a ton of energy. I guess the people of Anchorage were hungry for a good piece of entertainment. I can't wait for the 6-21 show tommorrow.
Reviewer: 1moresatnite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: what a show
Read the review on this one in DeadBase, its a real hoot. Wish I was there, but i had to be at 1st grade reading class the next day. You geezer heads were so lucky.
Reviewer: phgrant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2005
Subject: can't go wrong...
with this one. Nice long Straw starts things out right, into a well executed Franklin's. Estimated>Other One is probably the highlight. Great transition! Sound is good, could use a bit more Phil though.
Reviewer: herschelkrustofsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2004
Subject: great aud.
I will give this 5 stars due to the quality of the audience recording. I agree that the quality of the playing, while solid, may only merit 4 stars. Check out this and the 6/21 audience recording. Both recordings are great and I slightly prefer the playing on this show.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2004
Subject: Nice
5 may be a bit of a reach however there is some strong stuff the let it grow > deal is great and the jack straw>franklins and whole back end is powerful with the other one kicking things off nfa all the way through solid.... show loses points for the sagging in the middle...
Reviewer: Rayman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2004
Subject: Bluesy Dead
The band is melancholy and kinda blue, but tight! The recording is excellent. You can feel the sadness and the joy! This one is great for a rainy day. For those times, download and listen, it will touch you . . .
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